Are Chill Pills the New Drug of Choice?
Drug rehab service facilities are seeing more and more admissions for prescription abuse and addiction than ever before.
Narconon, a drug rehab services organization in Watsonville, California, has just announced that an incredibly high number of individuals are reaching out for help for â€œchill pills.â€ Chill pills are different types of anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications used to combat symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Those taking them complain of symptoms, like chronic nervousness, as well as panic attacks or intense worry. When these symptoms take control of their lives they see doctorâ€™s and get prescriptions for chill pills.
[box type=”note”]However, unknown to some users, these drugs are extremely dangerous and carry with them many side effects; side effects especially profound when individuals stop using them and begin drug withdrawal.[/box]
The Dangers of Chill Pills
According to the National Institute On Drug Abuse nearly 7 million people abuse prescription drugs. Of those, over 2 million are abusing tranquilizers and half a million are abusing sedatives; both of these are considered chill pills. But with the over-prescribing and overuse of these drugs, when does a person really need these drugs?
â€œMany clients reach out to Narconon and NA for help for problems with prescriptions and chill pills,â€ says Daniel Manson, President of Narconon Vista Bay. â€œOften, they start taking the medication during a stressful period in their lives and are then unable to stop. Most donâ€™t understand how addictive these drugs are until itâ€™s too late and they require treatment to stop using them.â€
The most commonly abused chill pills include Xanax, Valium, Soma and sleeping aids. Many have also been abusing an anxiety medication called Buspar as well as Ativan and Klonopin.
â€œWe are seeing a clear increase in the number of people needing help for abuse of these medications,â€ says Manson. â€œThis is both the responsibility of doctors to ensure the drugs are not being overprescribed as well as the patients who should be aware of how abusive they are.â€
Manson suggests turning to natural alternatives to handle depression and anxiety. Some of these include a change of environment, diet and even implementing an exercise program. Often locating and handling areas of stress in one’s life is also beneficial, so that medication is not the first option when one is experiencing problems.
This article was provided by Becky Winslow who has over 10 years of experience helping recovering addicts lead healthy and sober lives.Her goal is to help educate people of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.